Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hardest Mineral on Earth?

New Buckyball crystal formed that can cut through diamonds!

The Buckyball is truly an amazing thing. First prepared in a lab in 1985, these interconnected, spherical lattices of 60 carbon atoms bonded together have found possible use in applications as varied as stopping HIV and helping us live to 150 years of age (maybe). Now, in 2012, scientists have found another lab-verified use for C60: It can be formed into a crystal so hard that it can cut through diamonds.

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